Time and time again, I keep coming across news stories talking about the “growing concern” that so-called ghost guns represent. They’re unserialized firearms that anyone can make in their garage, which scares the ever-loving crap out of some people, apparently.
With most of these stories, they fail to quantify the threat. When they do, it turns out to be much ado about nothing.
However, the media sure does love them some ghost gun stories, let me tell you. In fairness, I see more news about such things from more places than most folks do, but it’s almost hilarious how they shake out.
Yet Pasadena Now has decided to become the latest to raise the alarm over ghost guns.
Police have noted encountering a rising number of guns on the streets of Pasadena this year, and a growing proportion of them have been unserialized, unregistered firearms commonly known as “ghost guns,” which can be easily and cheaply obtained without a background check, even in a state with some of the nation’s most restrictive gun control legislation.
Of 212 guns seized by officers this year, 23 of them — or just over 10% — have been the unserialized variety, which are often sold as incomplete kits that can be quickly and easily completed by the buyers.
“These types of guns are becoming more and more popular and more and more accessible,” Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.
While the department has no interest in infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners, “It is a concern of ours that these guns can’t get into anyone’s hands,” he said. And that includes those prohibited from possessing guns, such as convicted felons.
So all this is about 23 guns in a city of just under 140,000 people.
I mean, seriously?
Let’s keep in mind that while you can lawfully build a firearm in California, you’re legally required to obtain a serial number from the state and pass a criminal background check. Clearly, that’s not stopping the bad guys from building guns.
Yet let’s also note that this is just a bit over 10 percent of the total firearms seized by Pasadena police. It looks to me like the bigger problem are all the non-ghost guns that are getting into criminal hands. That represents almost 90 percent of the total firearms seized by police there, yet where’s the “growing concern” about that?
Oh, right. Those aren’t the boogieman right now, only this minute potential threat that amounts to a tiny fraction of the guns taken but you’re still supposed to be wetting yourself over.
Sorry, my mistake.
Look, part of the problem with criminals is that they want instant gratification. They’re not interested in waiting to build a firearm. They don’t have the patience or skill to build them. Right now, there’s also not enough demand for most of those who have the patience and skill to risk prison time to build them for criminals.
Further, we don’t know how these guns were obtained in the first place. Could they have been stolen from states where such things are lawful, then shipped into California? We simply don’t know.
Even then, it’s a non-issue and anyone with half a brain can see that.
Well, except for the media, apparently. Then again, some argue they don’t have that required “half a brain.”